Playing reruns: Elks re-sign veteran receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux

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Don’t change the channel, you will still be able to watch The Manny Show in Edmonton next season. 

The Elks re-signed veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux to a one-year contract on Friday, ensuring he’ll return for an eleventh season in the CFL.  

The 35-year-old recorded 39 receptions for 513 yards and one touchdown in 12 games last season, making a triumphant return to the league after a two-year absence.

“There was unfinished business with how the 2022 season went,” Arceneaux said in a statement. “I just felt there was so much more I had to give on and off the field. If God was going to give me an opportunity to come back and play the game that I love and take so much pride in, it’s one of those opportunities that I couldn’t just leave on the table.” 

In 152 career regular-season games with the B.C. Lions (2009-10, 2013-18), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2019) and the Elks (2022), Arceneaux has hauled in 617 receptions for 8,931 yards and 59 touchdowns. The two-time CFL All-Star and three-time West All-Star is currently the career leader amongst active players in all three categories.

“Being able to add to my legacy and climb up (the leaderboards) and be a guy of great character that always displays the CFL at its highest standard is a blessing,” Arceneaux continued in his statement. “The day that I’m no longer wearing those cleats, it would be great to be in talks of, ‘Can he be on the Wall of Honour? Was he a guy that played to the potential of being a Hall of Famer?’” 

Well-known for his work in the community, Arceneaux received the Tom Pate Memorial Award from the CFL Players’ Association in 2022, recognizing outstanding sportsmanship and significant contribution to team and community. He also took home the David Boone Award, presented annually to the Green and Gold player for characteristics displayed on the field and in the community. 

Arceneaux served as a guest coach for local minor football teams, ran a youth speed and agility camp, and was part of the Elks Experience with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta this past season.

The 14-year pro out of Alcorn State University has also spent time with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings (2011) and the Indoor Football League’s Frisco Fighters (2021) during his career. He is highly valued in Edmonton for his veteran presence but believes he has much more to show on the field as well.

“I’m out here busting my butt daily and trying to have a year of the vintage Manny Show, those B.C. Lions days,” Arceneaux said in the signing announcement. “The kid that came into the league in 2009, that’s the kind of fun I’m trying to have.”

“I want to help shift the culture in the locker room, and do everything I can to help the coaches, help those young players, bring them along, teach them what it is to be a pro.”